How do you determine the length of a Western cinch for a horse?

Having a properly fitted cinch for a horse is important. Girth or cinch size can vary with different types and shapes of saddles.

If you have an old cinch that fits both the horse and the saddle well, then you would get an accurate measurement by straightening out that cinch and measuring it from buckle to buckle. However this is not always possible.

If you don’t have an old cinch that fits, there is another method. First, measure your horse’s …

If you have a horse that has a short, choppy step at the walk and trot, what are some ways to help extend your horse?

There are a couple of reasons why your horse may have a short, choppy stride. Oftentimes, horses with a steep shoulder and pasterns have short, choppy strides. Evaluate your horse’s conformation to see if this may be causing this type of movement. Remember that the angle of a horse’s shoulder and pasterns should be 45 degrees. If your horse is more upright (steep) than that, it is likely to cause short, choppy movement. Also, check his hoof growth. Have a …

How do you stop a foal from kicking at humans?

A foal that kicks at people is establishing his dominance in the relationship. You have to reprimand the foal to set the boundaries for acceptable behavior. Other horses will reprimand a foal by nipping it to discourage kicking. As the foal gets older, the mature horse will bite the foal and run him off if he kicks. Eventually, the dominant horses will do whatever it takes (biting, kicking, attacking) to teach the young horse the appropriate manners. You have to …

How do I stop my horse from pulling back when tied?

To stop your horse from pulling back when tied requires a long cotton rope, a nylon halter, and a sturdy, well-secured snubbing post. The post should not break or give way when the horse sets back. Remember to tie in an area that has good, soft footing in case the horse falls. Place the nylon halter on the horse’s head. Take the long cotton rope and tie it around the horse’s belly just behind the shoulder. It is important that …

What are the "pros" and "cons" of using a hackamore?

A hackamore is like a halter in that it puts more direct pressure on the horse’s face (nose, side of the face, or chin) and creates a direct response. For example, when you pull straight back, the pressure is on the nose, and the horse should step back away from it. Pulling on one rein to the side creates pressures on the side of the face that the horse can move away from. So the pressure of a hackamore is …